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Frequently Asked Questions 

  • Where is Belmont Mansion located? 
    Belmont Mansion is located on the campus of Belmont University at the intersection of Acklen Avenue & Belmont Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37212. We have visitor parking immediatly to the west of our entrance near a gazebo. Additional visitor parking is availavle on Belmont Boulevard near the Lila D. Bunch Library and the Leu Center for Visual Arts, as well as a lot by the Hitch building near Belmont Boulevard and Portland Avenue. Please note that the mansion is on the interior of the univeristy campus and is not visible from Wedgewood Avenue or Magnolia Avenue. Please do not park next door at Morningside at Belmont retirement home. That is not part of the campus. 

  • Are there campus activites or construction projects that might impact my wedding or event?
    Yes. We are completing a major restoration of our event space, the Grand Salon.The bulk of the work was completed by the end of March 2019, but additional work will continue through 2021.  The mansion is an historic site and working house museum, so restoration is an ongoing part of our work. There is almost always something being repaired or restored. Belmont Mansion is surrounded by the campus of Belmont University. Due to our location on the campus, we do not offer outdoor wedding ceremonies or receptions. Additionally, there may be large events on campus that affect access to parking. We try to avoid booking weddings or events at the mansion that would overlap with large events on the north side of campus, such as concerts in the Massey Performing Arts Center. If you are concerned about a large event at the university impacting the mansion, you can view the university's event calendar online. 

  • What is the new Tennessee Law for Wedding Officiants?
    As of July 1, 2019, the State of Tennessee's new law clarifying the qualifications to serve as a wedding officiant take effect. This law clearly states that online ordination is not acceptable for persons wishing to solemnize weddings in Tennessee. Please note that Rev. Brandon Rich, Director of Weddings & Rentals was licensed to ministry in June 1998 and ordained to the ministry on March 12, 2000 by First Baptist Church of Nashville, TN. Rev. Rich trained for the ministry at Southwestern Baptist Theoligical Seminary in Fort Worth, TX and has served several churches on staff as senior pastor, interim pastor and minister of music. Not only does Rev. Rich meet and exceed the legal quailifications to officiate a wedding, he has officiated and coordinated over 5,000 weddings in five states, giving him depth and breath of expericne that is virtulaly unparralelled. If you do not have a qualified officiant  for your traditional wedding ceremony at the mansion, you can upgrade your contract for Rev. Rich to officiate. Please note that outside officiants are not permitted in our elopement bookings. You must have a Tennessee Marriage License for a wedding in Tennessee. You may not bring a marriage license from anywhere outside of Tennessee. It is the couple's responsibility to obtain and bring all pages of the TN license to the wedding. 

  • Can we just drop in to preview the mansion for our wedding or event? 
    No. You must contact the Director of Weddings & Rentals to discuss availability and reveiw package options and other key details first. If we have availability for your wedding or event in your preferred date range, if our guidelines are acceptable to you, the Director will schedule a preview visit for you for a qualifying event. We do not offer venue previews for our three smallest elopement packages. We will schedule previews only for our Getaway Plus Elopement and the Friends & Family Elopement. Please note that the Director of Weddings & Rentals does not keep regular office hours. He supervises all Belmont Mansion weddings, plus he officiates many weddings and events off-site. He is able to conduct preivews and meetings during mansion tour hours, in the evenings, and on weekends based on availability and by appointment only. If you show up at the mansion without an appointment during museum hours, you will be instructed to contact the Director of Weddings & Rentals to make an apointment. Our musuem staff is on site to conduct paid historical interpretation tours of the museum and answer questions about the history of the family that built and lived in the mansion. They are not equipped or trained  to answer wedding or event rental questions, nor do they have access to our event calenar. 

  • How do we make a wedding or rental preview appointment?
    All rental and wedding preview visits must be scheduled in advance with the Director of Weddings & Rentals. Drop-in visits are not possible due to staffing and parking considerations.You may schedule an appointment by contacting the Director of Weddings & Rentals, Rev. Brandon Rich. You may call or text the Director between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM (Central U.S. time) Monday - Saturday, and after 2PM on Sundays, or email him 24/7. Please note that bridal previews are limited to the couple getting married and two additional guests. Due to the museum nature of the venue, we accompany event preview guests at all times during the preview. Please note that preview visits and planning meetings are not offered for the Studio Elopement, Just Married Elopement, and Getaway Elopement. Please limit your group to four individuals for preivews and meetings. Venue preview visits last between 20 and 60 minutes

  • If your inquiry is after 8:00 PM or before 8:00 AM in the US Central time zone (Monday through Saturday), please send an email only. If your call is on Sunday,  please wait until 2:00 PM US Central time. Feel free to email 24/7. Thank you!

Rev. Brandon Rich

Director of Weddings and Rentals

615.305.2021 Business Cell

615.346.0157 Fax

brandon.rich@belmont.edu

  • Do you have recommended vendors?
     

Officiants & Coordinators

Our Director of Weddings & Rentals, Rev. Brandon Rich, who is an ordained and seminary-trained licensed Baptist minister, provides event planning and coordination for our various elopements. Officiant services and coordination are included and restricted in our elopement bookings. Please contact Rev. Brandon Rich, our Director of Weddings & Rentals with any questions. 

 

Approved Photographer & Photography Coordinators:

 

Elopements of Nashville 

Michael & Michelle Blair

615.448.8407

elope@elopementsnashville.com

 

ElopementsNashville.com

 

Please note that photo packages must match venue package time. Clients, guests and photographers may not remain on Belmont property beyond the time of client's contact with the venue. This applies to all  weddings at Belmont Mansion.

 

Florists:         

 Curry & Company Luxury Floral Design

 Curry McDaniel, Owner & Lead Designer

 615.892.9601

 curryandcoevents@gmail.com

 curryandcoevents.com

 Bloom
 2700 Belmont Boulevard. Suite C 

 Nashville, TN 37212

 (615) 385-2402

  NashvilleBloom.com

 

 A Village of Flowers

 1712 21st Avenue 

 Nashville, TN  37212

 (615) 369-3030

 avillageofflowers.net

 

Musicians:

          Wedding Musicians Company/Russell Davis

          615.812.4812

          88grand@bellsouth.net

 

           Kaye Grable, pianist (Classical, Jazz, Pop) 

           615.708.5566

           KGrable@bellsouth.net 

           Viva La Strings/Jacob Tudor

           615.669.9046

           Nashville@vivalastrings.com

 

Calligraphy, Tuxedos, Alterations & Stylist Services:​

            The Lyrical Pen - Elegant Calligraphy

            Click here to visit their website

            (Phone number and email on their site.)

            Nashville, TN 37205

            Street Tuxedo

            615.386.0500

            StreetTuxedo.com 

            Stitch-It & Co. (Alterations and Custom Apparel) 

             4101 Hillsboro Circle

             Nashville, TN 37215

             615.292.3008

             orders@stitchitandco.com 

             stitchitandco.com

 

                         Harlow Salon

                       1027 17th Ave. S.

                       Nashville, TN 37212

                       615.291.9990

                       info@harlowsalon.com

                       HarlowSalon.com

            Breon Hair Salon

            2115 Elm Hill Pike

            Nashville, TN 37210

            615.889.9975

            info@breonhairsalon.com 

 

             John Grimes Hair

             Cabinberry Farm in Whites Creek

             615.289.0866

             jmgnnash@comcast.net

             East Nashville Beard & Barber

             Brandon Bain, Master Barber 

             726 McFerrin Avenue #3524

             Nashville, TN 37207

             615.835.3667

             nashvillebeardandbarber@gmail.com 

             https://www.nashvillebeardandbarber.com 

           

 

Transportation:

             Old Town Trolley Tours          

             Shelby McCoy, Group Sales Rep.

             615.578.2489 (cell)

             Shelby.McCoy@trolleytours.com 

             https://www.trolleytours.com/nashville 

             Grand Avenue

             Classic Cars, Limos & Shuttles

             615.714.5466   

           

           

Hotels:

               Hilton Garden Inn

               1715 Broadway Avenue

               Nashville, TN 37203

               615.369.5900

 

               Union Station Hotel

               1001 Broadway 

               Nashville, TN 37203

               615.726.1001 

 

               Omni Nashville Hotel

               250 5th Avenue South

               Nashville, TN 37203

               615.782.5300

 

Marriage Licence:

                Davidson County Clerk (Click here for the website)

                Howard Office Building, Suite 101. 

                700 Second Avenue South                 

                Nashville, TN 37210

                615.862.6050

                Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Check their website for the holiday schedule.)​

The only County Clerk in middle Tennessee that has any weekend hours is the Bedford County Clerk in Shelbyville, TN. Please note that Shelbyville, TN is 60 miles southeast of Nashville. At present, they are open from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Saturdays. They are closed on Sundays. 

Please note that you must have a current Tennessee Marriage License in hand before the ceremony. You may not bring an out-of-state Marriage License. Contact the Clerk's office or visit their website for any Marriage License questions. 

  • Does Belmont Mansion allow alcohol and tobacco on the premises?
    No. Belmont Mansion does not allow the possession or consumption of alcohol on the premises, including the surrounding campus. All tobacco products are also prohibited in Belmont Mansion and on the surrounding university campus.

  • When do weddings and event rentals take place?
    All regularly booked weddings must take place outside of museum hours. Due to parking considerations, most weddings take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with rental events beginning no sooner than entrance of vendors and bridal party at 4:30pm.  We do not host weddings in our event space during museum tours hours. We do not host any outdoor weddings. 

  • What are the best driving directions to Belmont Mansion?
    For the most accurate driving directions, please use Belmont Boulevard & Acklen Avenue, Nashville, TN 37212.  For previews and meetings you may park in the Visitor Parking Lot located just west of Belmont Mansion, next to one of our gazebos. Additional visitor parking is available in the surrounding areas. Please note that our mailing address should not be used in a GPS search. 

  • Where can we tell our guests to park?
    Belmont Mansion Events have access to all parking lots and garages on Belmont University's campus, subject to availability. All parking near Belmont Mansion is free of charge. The university has parking lots very near the mansion. A visitor lot adjacent to the home serves Belmont Mansion and Fidelity Hall. Additional parking may be found in visitor designated lots or in the Curb Event Center garage: 1520 Bernard Avenue, Nashville, TN 37212. Please note that we cannot guarantee that the closest parking spaces will be available, but we will make every effort to accommodate your guests. A Belmont University parking map may be found here.

  • Do you have a handicap-accessible entrance? 
    Guests needing ramp or elevator access should contact the Director of Weddings & Rentals in advance of arrival. Elevator access is available in the Jack C. Massey College of Business building immediately east of Belmont Mansion. After business hours the doors to Massey may be located and it is best for an event staff worker to accompany you.

  • Do you accept online payment for weddings?
    We accept online payments via PayPal invoices. If you are ready to make a payment, please contact Rev. Rich at brandon.rich@belmont.edu for your personalized invoice. Please do not attempt to send an electronic payment to us on your own. Rev. Rich issued online invoices. 

  • Do we need a marriage license?
    Couples who wish to be legally married are responsible for obtaining a Tennessee marriage license prior to their wedding ceremony at Belmont Mansion. Out-of-state marriage licenses are not acceptable. Tennessee marriage licenses require the signatures of both parties getting married (obtained upon application at the clerk’s office) and of the officiant. Tennessee does not require a witness.  Only Tennessee marriage licenses issued up to 30 days prior to the wedding are valid for weddings at Belmont Mansion. Click here for information regarding the Davidson County Clerk's Office. Please note that you are welcome to bring a marriage license from any of the 95 counties in the state of Tennessee. 

  • Are there restrictions regarding who may get married or who may officiate at Belmont Mansion weddings?
    We celebrate and affirm love at Belmont Mansion! We are pleased to provide wedding rentals and elopements for all happy couples and their guests. Restrictions at Belmont Mansion are related to the following: available dates and times, guest capacity, exclusive vendors, the prohibition of alcohol, prohibition of fireworks and other dangerous items, permissible decorations and other reasonable guidelines.

  • Do you have overnight accomodations at Belmont Mansion?
    No. We do not offer lodging of any form, nor do we have a restaurant or any in-house catering. We are a set up as a museum. We rent out our Grand Salon for weddings in the evening, after our daily museum tours.  There is no option to spend the night at Belmont Mansion. 

  • Reminders:

  1. Weddings are booked on a first come, first served basis. Most bookings are secured with a signed contract and security deposit. 

  2. Belmont Mansion reserves the right to charge additional fees to cover extra staffing costs for weddings on holidays or holiday weekends. Belmont Mansion reserves the right to adjust the rental time at booking due to activities at Belmont Mansion or on the surrounding university campus, which would usually involve a later arrival time and a later exit time.

  3. Belmont Mansion reserves the right to refuse a booking more than 18 months in advance of a prospective rental event.

  4. Belmont Mansion reserves the right to restrict the use of vendors at any time.

  5. Please note that Belmont Mansion is decorated for Christmas from the middle of November (several days before Thanksgiving) until after New Years's Day. We do not take down any of our Christmas decorations for weddings. 

  6. Belmont Mansion is a house museum. At any given time, we may be in the midst of a renovation or restoration project which might impact a wedding or other rental event. Please check with the Director of Weddings & Rentals with questions. 

  7. Any issues or questions not covered on the website should be directed to the Rev. Brandon Rich, Director of Weddings & Rentals at Brandon.Rich@belmont.edu or by phone at 615.305.2021 (business cell). Calls are welcome from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM Central Time (U.S.). You may email 24/7. 

  • Important Details:

    1. Alcohol is prohibited at Belmont Mansion and on the surrounding campus of Belmont University. 

    2. Belmont Mansion is an active and popular museum with daily tours until 4:30 PM, so all weddings are only held in the evening. Access to the mansion for weddings begins after daily museum tours with ceremonies scheduled during hours when the mansion is already closed.

    3. Belmont Mansion is surrounded by the campus of Belmont University. The exterior of the mansion and the surrounding campus are a beautiful backdrop or staged bridal photography, but we do not host outdoor ceremonies.

    4. All bridal previews and planning meetings are scheduled by appointment in advance by the Director of Weddings and Rentals. Drop-in visits are not allowed. Previews are only offered for the Getaway Plus, Friends & Family and Friends & Family Plus elopements. 

    5. Bridal meetings and previews are not offered for our small elopement bookings. 

    6. The use of tobacco products is prohibited inside the mansion an on the Belmont campus. 

    7. All weddings and elopements requires contract and full or partial payment to secure a booking. 

    8. Belmont Mansion is decorated for Christmas from mid-November through early January. The schedule is at the discretion of Belmont Mansion management.

    9. Belmont Mansion has suspended offering new bookings for large weddings and any wedding receptions (food & beverage) events due to COVID-19, but we are happy to provide referral to another venue. 

    10. Please note that Belmont Mansion began a major restoration project on January 7, 2019. The new floor of the Grand Salon is a faux grained hardwood, similar to the floor in the upstairs bridal gallery. The walls and woodwork will be faux grained to match the work that has already been completed around the grand staircase. Please keep this in mind when you view pictures and videos on this site.  

    11. All elopement weddings at Belmont Mansion are officiated and coordinated by our Director of Weddings & Rentals and his staff. Outside officiants and coordinators are not allowed for elopement weddings.

    12. All paid professional photography at elopement weddings at Belmont Mansion is restricted to the photography companies approved by the mansion and listed on this website and in our rental contracts. Please use the contact information that we provide here on the website and on our reservation forms and contracts. Our approved photographers are Elopements of Nashville.

    13. Our Just Married, Getaway, Getaway Plus, and Friends & Family elopement weddings at Belmont Mansion are scheduled outside of our daily museum tour hours. Due to the private and brief nature of the Studio Elopement, it may be scheduled at virtually any time of the day, provided the Director of Weddings has availability. The Just Married Elopement, Getaway Elopement and Getaway Plus Elopement may be booked after daily museum tours, based on availability. The Friends & Family Elopement may be booked with ceremony at 5:00 PM or later on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Weekday bookings at 5:00 PM or later are possible for large groups, but not encouraged due to parking considerations on campus. 

    14. Belmont Mansion's Director of Weddings & Rentals will offer one bridal preview visit for the Getaway Plus Elopement, and Friends & Family Elopement prior to booking. The director will also allow up to two planning meetings for the Friends & Family Elopement or the Friends & Family Plus Elopement if requested by the couple. Preview and planning meetings are limited to the couple getting married plus two guests. All preview and planning meetings are scheduled and conducted by the Director of Weddings & Rentals personally and by appointment only. Drop-in visits are not possible due to scheduling and staffing issues. No preview or planning meetings are provided for the Studio Elopement, Just Married Elopement or Getaway Elopement. 

    15. All weddings at Belmont Mansion are scheduled and booked in advance by appointment only. Drop-in ceremonies are not possible due to scheduling and staffing issues. Meetings /previews are by appointment only.

    16. Belmont Mansion and the surrounding campus maintains a no-alcohol and no-smoking/no-tobacco policy. 

    17. Please note that Belmont Mansion reserves the right to restrict which days of the week and specific dates that will be made available for elopement weddings based on expected market demand for larger traditional weddings and other events.​

    18. For detailed information, please read the rental contracts on this website or contact the Director of Weddings and Rentals.  You may call or text between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM in the Central time zone Monday - Saturday and from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Sundays at 615.305.2021.  You are welcome to email anytime at Brandon.Rich@belmont.edu .